Surrey Satellite Technology Limited wins prestigious awards for its RemoveDEBRIS consortium

NEWS December 2, 2019

University of Surrey spin-off and Surrey Research Park tenant firm, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd, SSTL announces that the RemoveDEBRIS consortium has won two Awards.

This is worthy recognition for the innovative RemoveDEBRIS mission which was launched in 2018 and has performed four active space debris removal technology demonstrations, testing novel technologies, representative of an operational scenario during a low-cost mission.

Aviation Week Network 63rd Annual Laureate Awards – SPACE – Technology and Innovation
Aviation Week’s 63rd Annual Laureate Awards honor extraordinary achievements in the global aerospace arena and were announced on 19 November 2019. The winners of the 2020 Laureate Awards will be honored at a dinner in March 2020 in Washington, DC, where a Grand Laureate in each of the four categories will be named from among the winners.

Sir Arthur C Clarke Award for Space Achievement – Industry Project Team

The Awards, which are organised by the British Interplanetary Society, were announced at a Dinner during the Reinventing Space Conference in Belfast on Thursday 14 November 2019 and Professor G. Aglietti from the University of Surrey was able to take part via Skype from New Zealand, with SSTL’s Martin Unwin in attendance to pick up the Award on behalf of the Consortium.

Mission success!
SSTL designed and manufactured the Remove Debris satellite platform which hosted the payloads for use in the debris removal demonstrations. These payloads, or technical content within them, were produced by mission partners Airbus, ArianeGroup, CSEM, Inria, ISIS, SSC, and Stellenbosch University. The RemoveDEBRIS spacecraft is operated in orbit by SSTL’s engineers from our Spacecraft Operations Centre in Guildford.

The Remove Debris mission received funding from the European Commission.